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The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Where to garage a car near Manhattan for a few months at least?

ManhattanParkingFilter: I am moving up to Manhattan and I need a garage to keep my car for at least a couple of months, while I decide what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Am I getting ripped off paying for a car dent repair?

How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Sep 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Gimme brakes

Teach me the best way to drive to save my brakes [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Sep 20, 2007 - 29 answers

How to avoid an insurance write-off?

How can I avoid an insurance company writing off my car? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Sep 20, 2007 - 13 answers

How can I make giant, durable, light-weight lobster claws?

I'm doing a road rallye in New England next weekend, and my team is turning my '85 Saab 900 hatchback into a giant lobster. I will be putting 4-foot long claws onto the front of it, and actuators inside will actually make the claws move. So, there will be a metal frame/skeleton at the heart of it, but I want to encase that in realistic looking giant lobster claws. What material will look good, be cheap, and hold up for a day on the road? [more inside]
posted by excitementMD on Sep 19, 2007 - 9 answers

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive?

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 answers

How to teach someone to drive stick?

How do I teach my wife to operate a manual transmission? [more inside]
posted by rush on Sep 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for an iPod car kit

iPhone car kit that does hands free calls, and plays my music, who's got it?
posted by davidstith on Sep 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Should I buy a used rental car?

UsedCarFilter: Is buying used from a rental car company, specifically Enterprise, a good idea? First hand experiences appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Sep 14, 2007 - 26 answers

Best way to make a car-cam and (hopefully) avoid police malfeasance

What is the best way to make a car-mounted camera system, a la Brett Darrow? [more inside]
posted by bulanjing on Sep 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Worry about my car tail lights or not?

Should I worry about my car tail lights or not? I have a 98 Saturn station wagon (150K+ miles, I've owned it all this time) and today when I took it in for inspection, they told me the brake lights - in fact, all the tail lights - weren't working. Then, 30 seconds later, they worked fine. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Sep 13, 2007 - 12 answers

crying while driving over spilled milk

I just had this unfortunate incident where I was cleaning up from a meeting and someone placed the open quart of half&half in a bag which tipped over in the trunk of a new Prius (which is, of course, rented). I've been soaking it up with towels, lots of water (being careful to avoid the batteries) and even used some "Nature's Miracle" odor remover. What's the best way to continue cleaning up this mess and hopefully be able to preempt any negative effects (i.e. horrible smell).
posted by buttercup on Sep 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Put the left trigger to the plastic casing: driving cars with game controllers?

Aside from the problem of retraining people to use the new system, and the problems inherent in any drive-by-wire system, is there anything stopping us from using Playstation and Xbox controllers to drive cars? [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Sep 10, 2007 - 18 answers

How much to rebuild a transmission and replace a clutch

Roughly, how much should it cost to rebuild a manual 5-speed transmission and replace the clutch in a 1999 Saturn SC2? The car has 104,000 miles on it, and is in Los Angeles, CA if that matters at all.
posted by willnot on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

What Unmarked Black Helicopter Pilots drive on their days off?

The unmarked black cars cars: why is their existence a secret? [more inside]
posted by univac on Sep 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family?

Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Sep 8, 2007 - 7 answers

VW Golf wants to stall after A/C repair. Fixable?

After having the A/C compressor replaced in our VW Golf, the engine idle speed drops way down to near-stalling whenever the clutch is released while driving. It pops right back up, but it's a bit unnerving. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Buying a wreak

Is it a good idea to buy a salvaged car? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Sep 7, 2007 - 13 answers

I left a note, but no call.

EthicsFilter. My teenager with a learner's permit backed into a parked car (whilst practicing driving with me in the front passenger seat screaming "no, no, no!"). I left a note with my phone number, asked a passerby whether they knew who owned the car (they did not), and called my insurance company to make a claim. But the owners haven't called and it's been a week -- now what? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Sep 6, 2007 - 21 answers

This is what procrastination will get ya: rust on your paint job.

AutoFilter: How to remove rust from on *top* of paint? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Timing belt in 2003 Hyundai Accent

car question: timing belt replacement on Hyundai 2003 Accent at 60k? [more inside]
posted by advil on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Transfer funds internationally - fast!

What's the fastest way to transfer money from a British bank account into an American (Honda car dealer's) account? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo on Sep 4, 2007 - 7 answers

I can't drive... 55

When to drive our new car up a long distance and up a mountain... (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

What to do in place of the missing "X" on the back of my Maxima?

Help me figure out a clever or funny thing to do in place of the missing "X" on the back of my Maxima. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 30, 2007 - 23 answers

how far can i drive on my dying battery?

After jump-starting a dead car battery, how far can I expect to be able to drive it? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow on Aug 29, 2007 - 24 answers

Wash my car for free?

Today I washed my car at one of those touch less car washes that you just drop money into and drive in. This particular one was a Laserwash There was a maintenance man in one of the bays with a company truck. I watched him point a remote control at the exit of the wash and initiate a car wash two different times for testing purposes, I assume. My question is, if I had the code and it was an IR remote is it possible to program a universal remote to send that code and activate the carwash in the same manner? Searching Google for Laserwash codes didn't help me much.
posted by tradeer33 on Aug 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Automatic climate control?

First car with automatic climate control. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 on Aug 28, 2007 - 7 answers

New car - cleaning & waxing advice.

I just bought a new 07 Accord and I want to clean and wax the car myself. In the past I have done the automatic car was thing. What type of wax? Should I buy a buffer? How often do I need to do this? [more inside]
posted by rdurbin on Aug 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Driving sucks

Car accident while driving for work, any chance of getting my deductible paid back? [more inside]
posted by outsider on Aug 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Which car to get?

Which used car to buy: Infiniti I30 or Mazda 626? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Aug 26, 2007 - 13 answers

I need a car... a fast car... faster than that

Help a non-American pick a car for use in the US... [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike on Aug 23, 2007 - 38 answers

She just wants to pay cash for a new car.

Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Aug 22, 2007 - 29 answers

Zipcar collision

I got into an accident with a ZipCar this week. How worried should I be about paying the hefty deductible. Experiences, advice sought...
posted by parmanparman on Aug 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something?

Is my car's air conditioner releasing deadly fumes or something? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Aug 21, 2007 - 3 answers

some don't like it hot

For about a week, I've noticed a "hot" smell coming from my engine. I don't know how to describe it except that it smells like an iron that has been left on. What is it? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 21, 2007 - 13 answers

Is satnav an accurate speedometer?

Could the speedometer built into my car be less accurate than the speed assessed by my GPS satellite navigation? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Aug 21, 2007 - 15 answers

What is going on with my car?

Help me with my car! [more inside]
posted by Elaisa on Aug 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Was I born every minute, too?

Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Aug 17, 2007 - 20 answers

How To Save Money

Car Insurance + Home Owners Insurance = Saving $$ ? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 16, 2007 - 9 answers

What was that incredible, small, reverse three wheeled racecar that blew past me on the NJ Turnpike this morning?

What was that incredible, small, reverse three wheeled racecar that blew past me on the NJ Turnpike this morning? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt on Aug 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Help this 1993 Ford Probe start!

Help this 1993 Ford Probe start! [more inside]
posted by gregschoen on Aug 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Pop goes the soda... pop.

How can I remove the residue of a soda explosion from the interior of my car's seat belt? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Aug 8, 2007 - 4 answers

Does the Fit fit?

I am thinking of buying a Honda Fit, and I'm afraid I'm making a mistake. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Aug 8, 2007 - 29 answers

Mini Cooper rental in Vancouver?

Where can I rent a Mini Cooper in Vancouver BC? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Aug 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Exporting my car from the US to Canada. Register it first?

i'm exporting my car from california to canada... do i have to register it first? [more inside]
posted by klanawa on Aug 4, 2007 - 5 answers


I need to find a reliable auto repair shop in Tempe/Phoenix AZ for some brake work. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Aug 3, 2007 - 5 answers

My baby (car) has a secret (compartment)

My hatchback car (Honda Fit) doesn't have a separately-locking trunk or glovebox. Can I add a lock-box or secret compartment somewhere inside the car for stashing a few items, for those times I must turn over my keys (parking garage, valet)? Ideally I'd only be securing/concealing 3 deck-of-cards-sized items: iPod, GPS, EZPass. There are no official Honda accessories that do this, nor can I find any Fit-fanatic mods that have addressed it.
posted by xo on Aug 1, 2007 - 4 answers

DIY dent repair advice?

Anyone have experience with DIY car dent repair? [more inside]
posted by dan g. on Jul 30, 2007 - 10 answers

What's wrong with my car's A/C?

I have a 2003 Jetta with around 75,000 miles. It is hot here, and I have been running the air conditioning nearly every day for the past month or two, and I have noticed some strange occurrences. First, if I am parked with the A/C running, even for a short amount of time, the car seems to vibrate rather forcefully. In addition, when I pull away from the parking spot, there is always a fairly large pool of water where my car was. Also, when I am driving fast, say 60-75 mph, and I change the speed of the A/C from high to low, there is a noticeable jerk in my acceleration. It is most unusual... [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow on Jul 30, 2007 - 19 answers

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